Ali Abbas

Chief Circular Engineer

Prof. Ali Abbas is the Deputy Head of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney. Ali is also the Professor of Chemical Engineering and Founding Director of the Waste Transformation Research Hub. Ali has 20 years’ experience in the field of Process Systems Engineering (PSE), with applications in clean energy and biological systems. In recent years, Ali has been working on circular economy transitions, identifying ways to translate the circular economy principles into practice, while employing the PSE approach.

Ali works on problems in close partnerships with industry and government on applications in low-emissions technologies, Eco-industrial parks, waste, and clean energy. He is active in commercialization, developing breakthrough deep technologies across multiple industry sectors in his capacity as company Founder and Director. Ali is Australia’s first ‘Chief Circular Engineer’, appointed to this role in 2022 by Circular Australia. Ali is the Founding Chair of the ‘Australian Circular Economy Conference’ (ACEC) .

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